Many patients diagnosed with the most common mental health conditions, like depression, anxiety, and PTSD, fail to find symptom relief with standard medications. Angela Jones, MD, and the exceptional team at Delaware Valley Wellness Center in Voorhees, NJ, Philadelphia, PA and Delaware specialize in ketamine infusion therapy, which offers hope for overcoming these disorders by providing rapid and long-lasting symptom relief. If you have questions about ketamine treatment, call the office or take the first step toward treatment by completing the online questionnaire.
Ketamine is an FDA-approved medicine that has been safely used for more than four decades. When administered at a full dose, it’s an effective anesthetic that’s commonly used during surgery. However, when ketamine is used in a low dose, it relieves pain and balances brain chemicals.
When the doctors at Delaware Valley Wellness Center administer an intravenous (IV) infusion of low-dose ketamine, it rapidly balances the activity of a neurotransmitter, glutamine, which has a key role in mental health disorders.
As a result, ketamine infusion therapy relieves the symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD. This treatment is especially beneficial for patients whose symptoms haven’t improved with standard medications.
In addition to improving mental health problems that have resisted treatment, ketamine infusion therapy has another important benefit: It works very quickly. Although each patient responds differently, many patients find that their symptoms begin to improve within a few hours. This rapid action also makes ketamine a beneficial treatment for suicidal thoughts.
When you arrive for your first ketamine infusion, your provider at Delaware Valley Wellness Center does a final evaluation, takes your vital signs, performs a quick urine drug screen, and answers all of your questions. After your IV is in place, you’ll relax in a reclining chair, and the infusion is started.
Your ketamine infusion will take about 45 minutes. During that time, most patients feel some effect from the medication, such as the sense that they’re in a dream or that they are floating. Although it’s not common, some patients feel lightheaded, have mild nausea, or feel a numb or tingling sensation. These side effects usually disappear within 30 minutes of stopping the infusion.
After 1-2 treatments, you will l know if ketamine therapy is effective for your symptoms. Although ketamine helps most patients, some don’t get the symptom relief they need. It’s estimated that 10-15% of all people may have a slightly different configuration of their brain receptors and subsequently might not respond to ketamine.
If your results are positive, the doctors at Delaware Valley Wellness Center recommend a series of six treatments administered over three weeks to achieve long-lasting symptom improvement. Some patients then need a booster infusion every 2-4 months to maintain their results.
We also have our patients continue their current psychiatric medications as well as continue their psychotherapy and counseling appointments with their current mental health provider.
To schedule ketamine infusion therapy at Delaware Valley Wellness Center, complete the online questionnaire or call the office if you have any questions. After they receive your questionnaire, they’ll talk with you over the phone. If you’re a good candidate, they’ll schedule a date and time for your treatment.